Around the world at dinner – Panda Mami Chester review


Way back when it still used to be tucked neatly away on Newgate Street in Chester, I used to absolutely love Buffet City. I mean who doesn’t crave for an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet every now and again? So when Buffet City was no more I felt like there was a restaurant sized hole in my culinary choices in my fair city. I think hubby was more upset than I was based on how often he mentioned how much it sucked we’d lost our favourite buffet – but we were both more than a little in a huff about it.



Fast forward a few years and a bunch of prayers to the gods of cuisine, and along came Panda Mami.



This place takes the buffet dining experience seriously. It’s not just your bog standard Chinese dishes in the all-you-can-eat format, it’s 120 different dishes from around the world. You’ve got the choice of indulging in Indian, Thai or Chinese cuisine, you’ve got sushi. Seriously. All you can eat sushi. I may just die happy now.



And if that’s not your bag, there’s soups, salads, pizza and a more traditional carvery with Yorkshire puds and all the trimmings on offer as well.



But in case all things exotic are your thing, make sure you you try some of the dim sum (it’s amazing) and go at least once to the teppanyaki station, where your steaks, lamb, seafood and veggies are grilled and spiced right in front of you by a chef who chops and flavours stuff so fast and efficient it’s like it’s going out of fashion.



A rooky mistake would be to fill up on all the superb mains or starters available, and not leave room for dessert. Because dude, they have a chocolate fountain and marshmallows. I mean they have cakes, jellies, fruits and about a zillion others things too but they have a have a chocolate fountain and marshmallows. If that doesn’t convince you to pay them a visit, nothing will.



Back in the day, when Buffet City ruled roost, the place looked like a school diner and whereas the food was aplenty, it was a very generic Chinese buffet without any airs or graces. Panda Mami, on the other hand, has invested in atmosphere, comfortable seating, stylish décor and most importantly, very friendly and professional staff who make you feel looked after without imposing on your dining experience in any way. They seem to have a knack of always being there when they are needed and not when you just wanna chill and chat to your dining companions.



So yeah. I really like the concept and I really like the execution. Panda Mami doesn’t feel like a buffet, it feels like a proper restaurant, but it still has that super chilled out atmosphere. Oh, and the food is delish. Trust me on this, I tried all of it. And then had seconds 😁


You can check out their website HERE and their menu and prices HERE.



  • Carol Cassara January 17, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    They sure have a huge selection of food! And everything looks so good as well. This place is a must try!

  • Ana Rose | Roads and Pages January 14, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Those foods are so tempting. I wish I could have those sweets and the sushi as well. The photos are impressive. All those foods are mouth watering. You are very lucky to have a taste even a little bit of each one of those food.

  • Fatima Torres January 13, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Everything looks delicious! I love that they offered a chocolate fountain as well

  • Nitisha January 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

    So much food!! This post is making me really hungry 🙂

  • Sondra Barker January 13, 2017 at 11:35 am

    This restaurant looks so good! It has what looks to be great decor and great tasting food of all sorts!

  • Elizabeth January 13, 2017 at 7:06 am

    This place looks like it has some seriously good eats! Will definitely check it out if I am ever in the area!

  • Nicole Aguilar January 13, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Wow, all the sushi looks so great! And the desserts! YUM

  • Krysten January 12, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    When I lived in Texas there was a place that my best friend and I liked to go to that worked a lot like this. We were drawn to it because it made us feel like we were at a regular sit down restaurant not a buffet! I really want to see this place though, that sushi looks divine!

  • Kaitlyn January 12, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    This is seriously making me so hungry! I haven’t had sushi in so long and it makes me sad. Great post!


  • Denise January 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    That food looks really delicious! I’m not very keen on sushi but everything else looks and sounds amazing. Having a chocolate fountain for a dessert is definitely a positive 🙂

  • Kintan January 12, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    These is looks amazing and I love Chinese buffet too. As they mixed with all foods from around South East Asia included some of my country too.
    Looks like that you had enjoyed so much those buffet. 🙂

  • Margot Guilbert January 12, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    craving for some veggie sushis now!! been such a long time since I haven’t have them!
    thanks for sharing!
    xo, Margot

  • thi January 12, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Omg the sushi looks deliciously fresh! And CHOCOLATE fountain?! I love sweets! xoxo

  • amanda January 12, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    the sushi looks great – really fresh! but it doesn’t look quite as good as the chocolate fountain!!!!

  • Christina Gardner January 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, I want to check this out! Imagine being able to choose what type of food from any country you want to try! Great photos and review! I’m hungry now. lol

  • Zana January 12, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    The food looks so yummy! 🙂

  • Jasmin N January 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    This looks & sounds like a lovely little restaurant! The chill atmosphere can be felt through the pictures. I’m not a fan of Chinese food but my husband would probably love this place haha 😀

  • Brittany Webster January 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Oh my gosh the food looks so good! I wish we had one those here…I love that it doesn’t feel like just another buffet!

  • Iga January 12, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Gosh, it’s making me so hungry right now! I am straight after the work out so I would not say no to Panda Mami. Thank you for visiting me on Best Wishes and a Happy New Year, Iga x

  • julie porter January 12, 2017 at 8:12 am

    That place is seriously huge! The sheer amount and array of food is amazing. If you tried it all and had second, I don’t know how you were able to walk out of there when you were done!

  • Ron January 12, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Looks and sounds great! We have a similar place close by and I eat well when we find ourselves there. Oh and my favorites are dim sum, sushi, and some seafood like crab legs, mussels, oysters, and the such. Bon appétit!

    Ron | Nearby Wanderer

  • Kylie cre8tone January 12, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Wow! So many lovely yummy food.. I’d love to go and dine and eat all the food…

  • Sandra Crespo January 12, 2017 at 5:55 am

    I’m such a foodie lol this place looks amazing! The food looks delicious thanks for all the great pics!!

  • Steven Goodwin January 12, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Now that is a buffet! That place looks amazing! Might have to check it out! Thanks for the review!

  • GiGi Eats January 12, 2017 at 3:13 am

    I love those conveyor belts! And that XMAS tree just made me really sad- haha!

  • George January 11, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Any restaurant with the name Panda is worth visiting. The food looks very fresh, especially the sushi!

  • Emily G Davis January 11, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Oh yum! That was not a good post to read while on a cleanse!

  • Amber Myers January 11, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    What a fun place! I would like to check it out. Everything looks delicious.

  • Alexandra January 11, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Now I am craving sushi!!


  • Author Brandi Kennedy January 11, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Panda Mami looks like a great place to go, not only because there are choices suitable for just about everyone, but because they did invest so strongly in making sure it was a great place to be. The chocolate fountain was beautiful too, but you had me a Teppanyaki.

  • robin masshole mommy January 11, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    The food there looks amazing. This sounds like a wonderful place to eat.

  • Adriana January 11, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I’m hungry right now!
    The food looks amazing 🙂

  • Divine Mwimba January 11, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    All I see is amazing food and I want some! I wish we had something amazing like that here in Canada. More specifically in Ottawa! Maybe it’s time to travel.


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